This has been the 11th game this season where we’ve lead entering the 4th quarter only to lose. Some say Casey focuses too much on defence and not enough on offence by using the wrong rotations. What gives? Bad coaching? Players crumbling under pressure? What are your thoughts?
Rumours are coming out of the wood works in Toronto that Lowry could soon be on his way out. Everything but being called the “team cancer” has been mentioned in one way or another. On paper, he seemed like the perfect fit for Casey and the Raptors. What do you think happened?
As they tried to guard against Kyrie Irving tying the game, the Raptors forgot all about the possibility he could win it. With one of their most passive defensive efforts of the game when toughness was called for, the Raptors let Irving bury a three-pointer with less than a second left in the game as they lost a heartbreaking 99-98 decision to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Air Canada Centre.
Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said he suggested Irving try to win the game with a three-pointer as opposed to trying to force overtime with a drive. The Cavaliers played Friday night, while the Raptors were rested. “I told him, ‘I’m glad you took my advice, went for the win, went for the kill,’” Scott said…. Read more »
I wanted to get a win. It was personal for me. In a year and a half of being in the NBA, I hadn’t gotten a win against Toronto. To hit a game-winner and beat them on their home court feels good. Kyrie Irving on beating Toronto Source
i think about this topic alot... a few other effective/efficient ways to create a more soccer-like atmosphere in the arena:
-Use the jumbotron: all euro soccer fan groups have a leader to shout out instructions/songs etc.. the jumbotron could be used in the same way at the acc - for example: if a player gets hot his name can flash up on the screen (kind of like they have now with "D-Fence!"), "everybody jump" to get everyone in the arena to jump (looks great), flash up longer chants than just few syllables - some euro supporter group chants are full songs
-Eliminate the music: please please please stop with the music during play... it adds absolutely nothing and creates a Disney-like mood which is an atmosphere killer... possibly just leave the drum to serve as rhythm for chants
-Eliminate the circus surrounding the game: mascots, cheerleaders, stupid games during time outs... this is absolutely unnecessary... you are watching the best basketball players in the world, appreciate it! there is no need for anything else there to entertain you... focus on the basketball game
-More flags, especially like the big "We The North" one we had in the playoffs... should have those large flags for every big game and with different things drawn/written on them (not just "We The North")
-Banners - encourage fans to bring banners and hang them from the upper bowl terrace... it would look amazing if the entire upper bowl was covered in flags/banners... the banners can also indicate different parts of toronto/ontario that different fans come from
Just a few things off the top of my head, but i think these can be easily implemented and would significantly improve the atmosphere in the arena
For anyone that wants to see a good basketball atmosphere, youtube "partizan basketball fans" or "red star basketball fans"